In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, hematologist Stephan Moll revealed his own study of a space case. A NASA astronaut on a long mission to the International Space Station for several months was found to have deep vein thrombosis in his neck veins.
There are no emergency rooms in space, and even medicines are valuable, and to solve this thorny problem, NASA has invited Stephan Moll to help develop treatment plans.
Moll and NASA’s medical team chose to treat the blood clots with blood thinners, and after about 40 days of injection treatment on the space station, the astronauts switched to oral medication and completely cured blood clots before returning to Earth.
During the treatment, Moll studied the effects of the space environment on the blood flow of astronauts and listed “carotid thrombosis” as a new space-related risk.
In addition, Moll and NASA scientists are calling for more research into blood clots in space, including treatments and potential preventive measures.
“How do you minimize the risk of blood clots?” says Moll. Do I need to use more drugs on the International Space Station? All of these questions need to be answered, especially when astronauts are planning longer moon landings and Mars missions. “